Artist, socialist, feminist, anti-war activist, vegetarian, freethinker, street-corner orator and all-around raconteur… if there’s one playwright who belongs at Theatricum Botanicum, it’s George Bernard Shaw. Shaw’s incisive wit and intellectual pyrotechnics light up the stage as his irascible characters challenge social conventions, sexual mores, moral hypocrisy and political folly. Best known as a playwright, Shaw was also a prodigiously prolific novelist, critic, essayist, pamphleteer, politician and public speaker. He penned more than 50 plays, at least a dozen of which are still regularly performed today. “The time seems unusually ripe for Heartbreak House, perhaps Shaw’s richest and saddest play about the follies of humanity,” The New York Times remarked recently.
“Shaw’s extravagantly comic but still human characters are men and women with eloquent tongues and ever-ready opinions who also have hearts capable of breaking and souls worth saving… Almost a century after it was written, Heartbreak House proves a keen comic rebuke to cynicism, self-indulgence, and detachment, those all too easy responses to the bitterness of the world.”
Heartbreak House opens on Saturday, June 9 through September 30. Tickets are $20-$33. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA, 90290. Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. For reservations and information, call 310-455-3723 or go to www.theatricum.com